620 Reading Room update

Our meet-the-editor sessions at the 620 Reading Room have been going really well, a rare opportunity to meet editors of independent magazines and chat informally. The magazines are getting well-read, the 620 seating tested and and the Postcard Teas tasted. Today’s guests include Rob Orchard from Delayed Gratification and Elana Schlenker from Gratuitous Type.

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Overmatter: 16.09.14

Today in the Vitsoe 620 Reading Room… meet Alec Dudson, editor of Intern. 2-4pm.

As The Financial Times redesigns, editor explains, ‘It’s adapt or die frankly and that’s what we’re doing.’ (more on this here soon).

The original Eye magazine, from the late sixties. That logo!

Bob Newman notes the strong current covers of Time Out New York, designed by Chris Deacon. Interesting comments about the TO logo.

Grafik asks… which magazines should open physical spaces?

You can now be a member of The Guardian.

Editor Penny Martin discusses the new Gentlewoman on The Stack.

No sooner has this week’s Modern Magazine 2014 day gone, then there’s another Printout. Next Tuesday, 23 September, we’re taking a look at photography magazines. Details here.


Coming this week: The Modern Magazine 2014

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This Friday sees our Modern Magazine conference return to London. Here’s an overview of what to expect from the day, along with the running order.

As last year, the overarching idea for the day is to celebrate the creativity of the best in editorial design. What links all the invited speakers is the way they all strive to make the most of the magazine format to communicate ideas. Expect plenty of stunning visuals from print, iPad and web from many of our favourite projects.

But a great day of visuals alone is not enough, so there are three themes threaded through the day.

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Vitsoe 620 Reading Room

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Huge thanks to Vitsoe, Rita’s Dining, Postcard Teas and all the magazines taking part for making such as success of last night’s opening of the 620 Reading Room in central London. It’s open tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am–6pm, full details here.

On Sunday we welcome Marina and Dave from The Gourmand for the first meet-the-editors session at 2pm. If you’d like to join us email rsvp@vitsoe.com so we know how many people to expect. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of magmagmag.

After the jump – installation shots.

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The Guardian redesigns to reflect digital

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The Guardian is introducing significant changes to its content and design from tomorrow. The Weekend magazine (above) has been redesigned and new columnists introduced, along with a new weekly series by US graphic novelist Chris Ware. A new section ‘Journal’ will run longform writing four times a week in the newspaper, edited by Jonathan Shainin, late of The New Yorker.

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ModMag14 tumblr

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Now available on the world wide web – a tumblr of visuals ahead of next week’s Modern Magazine 2014 day. Better than a free U2 album. Enjoy!


September 10, 2014


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Indiecon conference review

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The first Indiecon event took place last week in Hamburg. Kati Krause was there and shares her thoughts on a successful debut.

“We must not leave the power to the graphic designers,” Oliver Gehrs, publisher of Dummy magazine (above), concluded his opening keynote. “With print magazines, relevance and depth are in good hands.”

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Overmatter: 10.09.14

British GQ editor Dylan Jones reminds us ‘content is only as good as the people producing it.

The Long + Short is a new digital magazine designed by Mark Porter and published by innovation group Nesta. Glitchy to use but boldly designed and a forward-looking move into web-based rather than app publishing. Best on iPad.

Unampped is another digital magazine, promising hidden stories from around the world on the basis ‘why you should live here.

The name IPC disappears from the British newsstand after 60 years.

Coming soon: Lagom, from the makers of 8Faces and Digest.

The New Yorker marks Saul Steinberg’s centenary with an archive piece by the artist.

See the new issue of Offscreen being printed.


The Vitsoe/magCulture 620 Reading Room

The 620 Reading Room opens at the Vitsoe shop, London, this Saturday. Conceived as an oasis of rest for visitors to London Design Festival, the room offers a chance to try out Vitsoe’s Dieter Rams designed 620 chair programme while sipping tea from Postcard Teas and reading a selection of independent magazines. I’ve selected 20 magazines that together offer a unique overview of today’s independents, with an emphasis on reading to suit the purpose of the project. The selection includes titles from Germany, France, Finland, Canada, Australia, Beirut, the US and UK.

Visitors can also pick up a copy of MagMagMag, a magazine about the 20 selected magazines, edited and designed here at magCulture. Printed in black and white on glossy stock, MagMagMag is deliberately contrary to the prevailing matt aesthetic of indie magazines. Inside you’ll find exclusive interviews with the people behind the magazines alongside excerpts from this blog and further magazine recommendations.

The 620 Reading Room is open every day from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 September, and we’ve also scheduled some meet-the-editors session over the week. After the jump, details of the 20 magazines and these editor sessions.

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September 8, 2014

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Free NY launch

Hearst launch a new magazine in New York today. 50,000 copies of Trending NY will be distributed around the city Monday–Wednesday for four trial weeks. More here.